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“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

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Proverbs 14:27 Translation & Meaning

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The fear יִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord יְ֭הוָה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a fountain מְק֣וֹר Properly, something dug, i.e., a (general) source (of water, even when naturally flowing; also of tears, blood (by euphemism, of the female pudenda); figuratively, of happiness, wisdom, progeny) fountain
of life, חַיִּ֑ים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively life
to depart לָ֝ס֗וּר To turn off (literally or figuratively) depart
from the snares מִמֹּ֥קְשֵׁי A noose (for catching animals) (literally or figuratively); by implication, a hook (for the nose) snares
of death. מָֽוֶת׃ Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death

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  • 25  A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

  • 26  In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

  • 27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

  • 28  In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

  • 29  He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.


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